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Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Barley Wine
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 813   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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English: Big Bad’s big bro......
Barley Wine brewed with water, malt (pilsner and cara-munich), candy sugar, hops (nugget, cascade and centennial) and yeast.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (3538) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 6, 2014
Keg at Brewdog Edinburgh. Pours dark copper, fruity caramel, toffee, raisins, dry.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fantti (731) - FINLAND - JUN 23, 2014
Kaatuu snifteriin kuparinruskeana ja hieman sameana, tiivis vaahto on 1,5 sormen paksuinen jättäen vahvaa pitsiä. Tuoksussa vahvmpana on karamellinen maltaisuus. Raaka banaani ja makea marjaisuus työntyvät joukkoon yhdessä puumaisen humaloinnin kanssa. Maussa jatkuu sama tuhti karamellisuus, jonka kanssa täydellisessä tasapainossa on makeampi marjaisuus (mansikka?) ja tumma hedelmäisyys. Lievä puumainen humalointi tuntuu lievän yrttisyyden kanssa. Suutuntuma on paksu ja täyteläinen, joka alkuun meinaa tuntua hieman alkoholiselta, mutta lopulta kuitenkin vain lämmittää eikä tule pahemmin läpi. Harvoin törmää olueen, jossa päämaut nivoutuvat täydellisesti toisiinsa luoden loistavan kokonaisuuden. Upea tasapaino, joskin tuoksu oli hieman yksipuolinen.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HuskerTan (563) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - JUN 10, 2014
Bottle. A- Red wine, sweet, bourbon, dark fruits. A- Mahogany color, cloudy liquid, off white head. T- Dark fruits, slightly sweet, slightly malty, bourbon, alcohol. P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, smooth finish. O- A solid barley wine no doubt. The only thing I didn’t like was the appearance. I hate the yeast particles floating around in beer. Just a big turn off for me. Makes it look like it’s full of backwash. Otherwise an outstanding beer. The alcohol doesn’t seem like 12% but is still noticeable, especially as it warms.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (9915) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 8, 2014
Bottle at home, 08/06/14, weekend wind down beer. Lightly hazed rich amber wth a big old light beige head of frothy bubbles. Nose is fruit cake mix, orange marmalade, nutmeg, light boozey waftings, bitter hop presence. Taste comprises bitter orange, spice, hoppy pangs, candied orange peel, boozey vibes, rich caramel, fruit loaf, woody rinse, caramelised sugars. Full bodied, fine carbonation, warming alcohol in the close. Solid barley wine, drinks a good few notches below 12% and the hop presence preserves a bitter edge preventing it from getting too sweet and cloying.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tricksta_p (1335) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - JUN 3, 2014
Aroma of malts, caramel, strong toffee, candy sugar, ripe fruits. Flavour is massive sugary sweetness, alcohol, with a hint of bitterness. Quite sticky. I found the sweetness a bit much, but enjoyed the depth and complexity of the aroma.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Martinus (3047) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - JUN 1, 2014
Clear amber colour, white head. Aroma of marmalade, light hops, dark malts. Quite hoppy flavour, rather sweet, malts, bitter marmalade, lemon peel. Lingering bitter finish, malts, marmalade, light honey.
(from 37.5cL bottle @ RBBWG III, Gent. Thanks for sharing, domienS!)

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Inbreak (2401) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - MAY 22, 2014
21.05.2014, 0,375l bottle (bottled 02.07.2008) @ BBGTC tasting:
No head, just some bubbles. Aroma is slightly sweet, well oxidized, caramel malts, grass, burnt caramel, butterscotch, alcohol, dried dark fruits, chocolate, thinner. Taste is sweet, sugar, caramel malts, grass, alcohol, burnt caramel, dried fruits, old hops, butterscotch. Medium bitterness, slightly dry and watery mouthfeel. Fair enough, but not bad for being almost 6 years old.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ej (782) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - MAY 21, 2014
Bottled 02.07.2008. Relatively clear deep amber / coppery. Malty aroma with loads of dried fruits. Raisin, dates and prunes. Taste is sweet malty with rich dried fruity notes. Toffee. Hints of oxidation. Slick on the palate with little to no co2.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
fajry (790) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 21, 2014
Fľaška. Tmavo oranžová farba, pekná biela pena. Vôňa je ovocná, citrusová, orechy, karamel a v pozadí jemná horkosť. Chuť je sladká, jemne zemitá. Kandizované ovocie, karamel, citrusy. Stredné telo s jemnou horkou dochuťou.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HerrBierkoenig (350) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 21, 2014
From 0,375l bottle. Pours cherry red liquid, small tan head. Aroma: candied fruits, sweet. Taste: red fruits,candied fruits, whiskey, heavy sweet, medium bitter, low acid. Palate: full body, soft carbonation, long sweet aftertaste.


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